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Clars looks to build momentum with big auction June 16-17

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Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:01

This rare gouache and watercolor entitled ‘Cigares Neron’ by Belgian artist, Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946) is estimated to earn $20,000 to $40,000. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars will host the ninth sale in their record-setting fiscal year on June 16 and 17. On the heels of the firm’s largest sale in their 40-year history held in May, their June event promises to complement that auction nicely with exceptional fine art, furnishings, jewelry and Asian offerings that includes Part II of a collection to be sold on behalf of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The furnishings and decoratives category will be particularly exciting with offerings from renowned American modern furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, who is regarded as one of America’s most important 20th century furniture designers. In an article in the New York Times, his works are  described as “Icons of Modernity,” and he is referred to as “the creative grandfather of a whole generation of designers.” On Sunday, June 17, as part of the Clars sale, two works from Kagan will be offered. The first, a biomorphic sofa, circa 1950, carries an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000. The second piece, an inlaid cabinet, comes with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

Other highlights in this category include a hammered copper occasional table attributed to Dirk Van Erp studios estimated at $3,500 to $4,500 and a pair of Tiffany Studios candlesticks expected to earn $2,000 to $4,000. A fine selection of French and California wines will also be offered including Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Turning to the fine art category, from Europe will be two rare gouache and watercolor works by Belgian artist, Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946) that are estimated at $20,000 to $40,000 each. A painting, Still Life with Roses, by Margaretha Roosenboom (Dutch, 1843-1896) is expected to earn $10,000 to $15,000, and a large color lithograph of St. Petersburg from 1912 by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky (Russian, 1875-1957) carries the same estimate. Also featured will be a set of four European Classical Genre scene paintings on panel from the late 16th/early 17th century. Lastly, a nice etching Faune et bacchante, avec combat de faunes (from Series 347) by Pablo Picasso at is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000

American works to be offered will be highlighted by a lithograph from the edition by Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), The Race (Homeward Bound), estimated at $6,000 to $8,000. In the paintings category, a work by Ash Can artist, George Luks (American, 1867-1933) titled Barnyard Scene with Figure and Horse (1920) has a $7,000 to $9,000 estimate and rare painting by American artist, Aloysius C. O’Kelly (1853-1926) of Two Girls Playing in the Poppy Fields, carries $10,000 to $15,000 estimate. A beautiful illustration by Mabel Rollins Harris of a Brown & Bigelow Calendar Girl from the 1930s is expected to earn $4,000 to $6,000.

From American artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) is a bronze titled Naima (estimate $8,000 to $12,000). In May 2012, Clars sold her bronze sculpture, Figure Looking Skyward, for $14,280.

In Californian works, a spectacular painting by William Keith (1838-1911) titled San Anselmo Creek, Marin County is estimated to sell for $6,000 to $8,000. A second work from Keith, titled Berkeley Hills, (estimate: $3,000 to $5,000) comes to the sale from the Honolulu Museum of Art. Other featured works by noted California artists such as Charles Dormon Robinson (1847-1943), Michele Cascella (1892-1989), Jake Lee (1915-1991), George Chann (1913-1995), Paul Grimm (1891-1974), William F. Jackson (1850-1936), Johann Schuld (1870-1943), and Frank van Sloun (1879-1938) will round out the category.

And finally, in Modern and Contemporary offerings, the rare painting Untitled by Taiwanese abstract artist, Wu Hao (b.1931) is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000, followed by a mixed media piece with solid provenance by Kenneth Noland (American, 1924-2010) estimated to earn $4,000 to $6,000.

Turning to the jewelry category finds an impressive black opal and diamond ring set in 18K white gold accented on either side with princess cut diamonds (estimate: $10,000 to $15,000) and a Beaux Arts diamond pendant/brooch combination accented with European cut diamonds, which is estimated at $8,000 to $10,000.

And finally the Asian offerings are again expected to command great interest. Highlights of this category include a collection of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain produced for the Thai market, commissioned by King Rama V (1853-1910) of Thailand. (Provenance: deaccessioned items from Honolulu Museum of Art).

Of further importance will be a Thai large bronze figure of Buddha Maravijaya, Ayutthaya Period measuring 29 inches high, and a selection of Japanese Satsuma-style ceramics, including a Japanese Satsuma-style beaker vase, Meiji period, Yasuda company, signed Dai Nihon Kyoto Tojiki Goshigaisha Ryozan, 9 1/4 inches high.

Lastly, there is a Chinese ink and color on paper attributed to Huang Junbi (Chinese, 1898-1991) titled Autumn Landscape, dated summer of cyclical year ‘renwu’ (corresponding to 1942).

For complete information of Clars’ June 16 and 17 antiques and fine art auction, visit www.clars.com; call 510-428-0100 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Previews for this sale will be held Friday, June 15, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. each auction day.

Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This rare gouache and watercolor entitled ‘Cigares Neron’ by Belgian artist, Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946) is estimated to earn $20,000 to $40,000. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

This biomorphic sofa, circa 1950, Vladimir Kagan is estimated to sell for $7,000 to $9,000 at Clars’ June 17 auction. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

This inlaid cabinet designed by Vladimir Kagan carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

This painting by American artist Aloysius C. O’Kelly (1853-1926) of ‘Two Girls Playing in the Poppy Fields’ carries an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

‘San Anselmo Creek, Marin County,’ a spectacular painting by William Keith (Californian, 1838-1911) entitled is expected to sell for $6,000 to $8,000. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

This Beaux Arts-era diamond pendant/brooch combination accented with European cut diamonds will be a highlight of the jewelry offerings at Clars on June 17. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

Highlighting the Asian offerings will be this collection of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain produced for the Thai market, commissioned by King Rama V (1853-1910) of Thailand. Image courtesy Clars Auction Gallery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:01
 
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